Jayne Atkinson

Jayne Atkinson

Highest Rated: 81% Handsome Harry (2009)

Lowest Rated: 9% Blank Check (1994)

Birthday: Feb 18, 1959

Birthplace: Bournemouth, England, UK

A respected actress on television and stage as well as in film, Jayne Atkinson moved skillfully between women of power on "24 " (Fox 2001-2010) and "House of Cards" (Netflix 2013- ) and kindly mothers in "Free Willy" (1993) and "Our Town" (PBS 2003). Born in England but raised in America, Atkinson's stage training at both Northwestern University and the Yale Drama School provided her with the skills to reach Broadway and primetime television in the late 1980s via a 1987 production of "All My Sons" and the network series "A Year in the Life" (NBC 1986-88). She soon balanced regular work in features and television with turns on Broadway that netted her multiple Tony nominations. Despite playing a wide variety of roles, Atkinson's turns as government and law officials on "24," "Criminal Minds" (CBS 2005-) and "House of Cards" and in "Syriana" (2005) had the greatest resonance with viewers, and ensured her a sort of cottage industry in these character types. Thankfully, the breadth of her talents allowed her to avoid typecasting and segue successfully between these flinty figures and comic turns on Broadway in "Blithe Spirit," among others. Atkinson's diverse c.v. and popularity with TV viewers underscored her status as a well-liked and in-demand actress.

Highest rated movies




33% 46% The Congressman Casey Winship (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 70% That Gal...Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2 Unknown (Character) - 2015
81% 56% Handsome Harry Kelly's Wife (Character) $22.9K 2009
73% 80% Twelve and Holding Ashley Carges (Character) $95.7K 2005
43% 57% The Village Tabitha Walker (Character) $114.2M 2004
100% 78% Our Town Unknown (Character) - 2003
50% 42% Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home Annie Greenwood (Character) $28M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Suspicion Unknown (Character) - 1994
9% 34% Blank Check Sandra Waters (Character) $30.6M 1994
70% 50% Free Willy Annie Greenwood (Character) $76.3M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Absolute Strangers Eleanor Barcroft (Character) - 1991


36% 61% Clarice Ruth Martin (Guest Star) 2021
No Score Yet 87% Criminal Minds Erin Strauss (Guest Star) 2020 2009-2014 2007
36% 89% Bluff City Law Della Bedford (Character) 2019
No Score Yet 78% Madam Secretary Teresa Hirst (Character),
Theresa Hurst (Guest Star)
77% 76% House of Cards Catherine Durant (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet 72% Chicago Med Laura Clay (Guest Star) 2016
93% 91% The Good Wife Nora Valentine (Guest Star) 2016
82% 64% Zoo Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
54% 82% American Odyssey Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 89% Blue Bloods Sharon Harris (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2008 2005 2002
87% 85% 24 Karen Hayes (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
96% 57% Joan of Arcadia Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
79% No Score Yet The Education of Max Bickford Unknown (Guest Star) 2001-2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
74% 86% The X-Files Willa Ambrose (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Parenthood Karen Buckman (Character) 1990-1991
No Score Yet 89% Beauty and the Beast Molly Nolan (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Year in the Life Lindley Gardner Eisenberg (Character) 1987-1988


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